ICYMI - CommuniTEA networking hour recap (10/27)

DustiO
DustiO Administrator Posts: 714
edited November 3 in Community News

Last week @soonerkimmy @ShaquealThomas @Lemargriffinfilms @Mage @busyb and @Kristina joined us for CommuniTEA — a biweekly networking hour where our Community members are invited to come together to network and get to know one another. We wanted to share some highlights, and invite the rest of you to join us next time.

Community members shared tips & tricks and helped each other find solutions to common problems, like:

How to protect yourselves and your businesses from scams

  • Make sure you get a signed contract at the beginning
  • Take a deposit before you do the job
  • Make sure customers understand how and when payments are made
  • Do a virtual meet and greet or virtual consultation with potential clients when possible
  • Trust your gut instinct when meeting a client. Don’t be afraid to tell a customer you don’t want to take the job.
  • If things do go wrong, contact Thumbtack or contact the authorities.

How to move on when you have faced tough situations with customers

  • Understand that it's ok to feel discouraged — “95% of the time everything goes great. Then there is that 5% of the time where things go wrong. And it’s tough, because this is your business, this is YOU.”
  • Try to remain positive and continue to move forward. “I have to believe that overall the majority of people are still good — I have to believe that. Otherwise how do any of us function in this world on a day to day basis?”
  • Focus on all of the jobs that have gone right and try not to dwell on the jobs that went wrong.
  • Take what you learn from these experiences and button up your processes moving forward.

And here's what some of you said:

From Lemar — “I use Thumbtack as an extension of my business. And why wouldn't I want to do that? Because I know Thumbtack’s gonna work wherever I go, which is why I tell everyone that they should be on the platform. The leads are real. People are out there looking for pros. The platform just has so much potential if you use it right.”

From Kim — “Thank you for inviting us and for inviting other team members in. It helps give us a 360 view of the experiences at Thumbtack and it gives us the ability to help more people, because that's what we want to do — we want to help more people. We can make this a holistic way to help everyone be more successful. So thank you, for this, you know, real conversation. It's amazing.”

Comments

  • busyb
    busyb Posts: 26

    Great recap @DustiO . I think there is still room for Thumbtack to do a more formal webinar about safety and security in business. I'm sure the Thumbtack legal team and Marketplace Trust and Security would be able to share invaluable information with pros. It's such an important subject that I think about a lot and yet I still got scammed a few weeks ago. The whole thing could have ended much worse than it did...i.e. the customer could have attacked me. I will never not trust my gut again!!!

  • DustiO
    DustiO Administrator Posts: 714

    @busyb I actually really love the idea of a webinar dedicated to this. Let me ask around and see if we can make this happen!

  • busyb
    busyb Posts: 26

    I think it would be extremely beneficial...thanks for being our advocate @DustiO !!!

  • DustiO
    DustiO Administrator Posts: 714

    @busyb I wanted to let you know that I reached out to the head of our Marketplace Trust and Safety team and they thought a webinar was a GREAT idea — so we are going to get working on this!

  • busyb
    busyb Posts: 26

    Thanks @DustiO ! I am going to try to jump onto the biweekly call tomorrow but it will depend on if I am done with a client consult in time. :)

  • DustiO
    DustiO Administrator Posts: 714

    It's not until Thursday - so hopefully you didn't try and hop on today! @busyb

  • busyb
    busyb Posts: 26

    Yep, I lost track of the days!!! 😜

    I have a last minute client tomorrow so won't be able to join.